Phil Applegarth appointed Director of Supacat Limited

Nick Ames CEO SC Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Applegarth as a Director of Supacat Limited.

“Phil has been with the business since 2009, after completing over 23-years in the Army. Phil has filled a number of roles in his time at Supacat, all of them within the defence vehicles business stream. He has a strong network of colleagues within the Ministry of Defence and in overseas Defence Ministries as well a good relationship with the Tier 1 industry partners within defence.”

Phil is delighted with his new appointment, and shares part of his history with us:

“I joined Supacat in July 2009 as the Support Operations Manager and on promotion to Head of Customer support in 2011, I made some sweeping changes to maximise long-term business opportunities and create a solid foundation to grow the organisation.  For the last five-years, I have been responsible for looking after the global Supacat defence business stream within SC Group with the exception of Asia-Pacific.

My team of project managers and I are responsible for delivering all aspects of new programmes and in-service support across the globe in which we operate. This includes Spares, Repairs, Field Service Support, Training, Upgrades and Improvements and Post Design Services to meet the customer’s needs.  I will continue to focus on extending the global SF family and developing new capabilities on existing platforms and delivering exciting new programmes.

Prior to joining Supacat, I completed over 23-years in the Army as a proud Para Commando Loggie.  Advice was seldom listened to and even after being warned never to volunteer; I always had my hand in the air for anything mad, bad or dangerous!  My considerable experience of vehicle based mobility operations enables me to intimately understand and credibly advise the needs of our customers.  In my remaining spare time, I am a Reserve RIFLES Officer offering years of mobility and operational experience into specialist mission units within Joint Force Command (JFC).

I am married to Jo who also works at SC Group as the Export Compliance Officer, who patiently stays at home.  Jo while at home looks after her horses, chickens, dogs and my sheep and Highland cows, while uncomplainingly waiting for my return!

The team at SC Group Ltd would like to wish Phil every success in his new role.

Supacat Congratulates Rheinmetall on Land 400 RMA Selection

Melbourne, Victoria, 1 August, 2016

Supacat is delighted to be part of the Rheinmetall team down selected by the Commonwealth of Australia for the Risk Mitigation Activities (RMA) of the LAND 400 Phase 2 program.

Supacat will support Rheinmetall in Australia, through the RMA phase, to demonstrate the outstanding, combat proven capabilities of the BOXER 8×8 to the Australian Army.

Supacat also expects to play a key role in assisting Rheinmetall with the establishment of an Australian Industry Capability program that will provide not only the development, manufacture and support of the BOXER in Australia, but a lasting legacy of industrial capability.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, congratulated Rheinmetall on the team’s selection and said “We have witnessed first-hand, Rheinmetall’s focus on developing their plans in concert with Australian industry and Rheinmetall’s willingness to devote energy and expertise to ensuring an enduring capability remains beyond the program.”

Supacat has significant recent expertise in developing industrial capability in Australia through delivering development, production and support programs in partnership with Australian SME’s under the Supacat Team Australia banner.

For more information on Supacat visit: supacat.com

 

SC Rebrand takes Supacat into new era

The high mobility vehicle and engineering firm, Supacat, has rebranded under a new SC identity to take the company forward in its successful expansion into new markets and provide a clear customer focus for the company’s products and capabilities.

The newly formed SC Group comprises four defined businesses.  Solidly established in defence, the Supacat name remains in place for the company’s core defence business; SC Innovation is the new brand for all engineering solutions for non-defence customers; Proteum the new brand for the marine products and services company (formerly MDS Marine); and the Blackhill Engineering brand is retained for the large fabrications and associated machining business.

Having successfully outgrown its brand, and whilst retaining its heritage, the new group identity has been created as a platform to allow the company to grow and develop its joint capabilities and bring innovative solutions to its customers across multiple sectors.  Over the last decade it has become one of the world’s leading companies in developing equipment for operation in harsh environments in sectors from defence to marine, renewables, mineral exploration, oil & gas and nuclear power sectors, where high performance, reliability and safety are paramount.

The company was founded in 1980 to develop high mobility vehicles for defence and civil customers.  In 2011 it established Supacat Pty Ltd in Australia and during 2014 made a series of acquisitions in the commercial marine sector leading to the creation of Proteum based in Hamble, UK.  At the end of last year Exeter based heavy fabrication specialist, Blackhill Engineering , was acquired.  SC Group, the Supacat defence business and SC Innovation operate from headquarter facilities at Dunkeswell, Devon, UK.

“The SC brand brings together our people, products and services to create an innovative engineering group structure to achieve our 2020 vision of a diversified industrial group offering a one stop shop of engineering processes.  I look forward to leading the SC Group into the future and, working with our customers to exceed their expectations. We have a passionate and committed team with the skills, expertise, focus and passion to provide the highest value to our customers with bespoke quality products and services”, said Nick Ames, Chief Executive, SC Group.

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SC Group New Era

The renamed SC Group comprises:

  • Supacat is the refreshed brand retaining the company heritage for the core defence business.  Supacat develops and supports high mobility military vehicles such as the HMT Series (e.g. Jackal and Coyote), LRV400 and SPV400 and provides specialist engineering services for defence customers.
  • SC Innovation provides engineering solutions to support all non-defence business. SC Innovation incorporates specialist vehicle work with the RNLI and the emergency services together with products and services for challenging sectors such as oil & gas, marine, renewable energy and nuclear.  These include the SMV 24 multi-purpose vessel and a wave energy device.
  • Proteum is a newly consolidated marine brand within SC Group, formed following the recent acquisition of MDS Marine and Bukh Diesel UK. Proteum represents and distributes a portfolio of marine products and services across UK and Ireland including Bukh, Marine Diesel Sweden, OXE Diesel and Konrad propulsion systems. Proteum also offers global support solutions.
  • Blackhill Engineering Services, established over 50 years ago and another recent acquisition of the Group, retains its existing brand.  Blackhill Engineering serves current and new customers with an expanded portfolio of machine engineering, large fabrication and complex machine assembly services.

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For information:
Jamie Clarke
SC Group Ltd
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+44 (0)7921 973916

Celia Turner
CTPR
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+44(0)7703 344425

Supacat Selected by Rheinmetall for LAND 400 Bid

Rheinmetall has lodged a bid in response to the Commonwealth of Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 – Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability request for tender. Under the tender, the Commonwealth is offered the latest version of the BOXER 8X8, the in-service LANCE turret and Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) architecture.

The battle proven BOXER 8×8 – a joint development of Rheinmetall and KMW – provides a unique mix of mobility, capacity and survivability that allows the vehicle to operate effectively across the full spectrum of combat operations, while the vehicles inherent adaptability allows it to evolve as requirements and threats change. If selected for LAND 400 the BOXER Cavalry Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) will provide the Australian Army a combat proven, low risk capability that can be rapidly transitioned into service and easily supported through life.

The Rheinmetall LANCE turret is a mature system that is in-service with a NATO country. LANCE generates a range of scalable, precise, effects to effectively deal with threats on the current and future battlefield.

Rheinmetall is committed to the creation of an enduring Australian capability beyond the minimum LAND 400 Australian Industry Capability (AIC) requirements, and has successfully completed a comprehensive supplier engagement activity with more than three hundred Australian Companies. Through this process Rheinmetall has selected Supacat to be the first Australian company to be part of the BOXER CRV team.

Supacat in Australia will draw on its experience in developing and certifying vehicles with the Australian Department of Defence to support the Rheinmetall LAND 400 team.
Andrew Fletcher, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia, said “Delivering the best possible protection to Australian armed forces – in line with the demanding protection specifications – is a non-negotiable objective for our LAND 400 team.”

“Rheinmetall’s combat proven BOXER 8×8 CRV delivers the highest levels of protection required under LAND 400 and is a formidable MOTS platform when combined with the in-service LANCE Turret.”

“Our LAND 400 industry engagement activities have been well received and our European executives have identified a number of Australian suppliers who we are currently in negotiations with to enter our global supply chain for LAND 400 and other international programs. We look forward to working with Australian industry to provide the best capability for the Australian Defence Force on the LAND 400 program.”

Ian Irving, Chief Executive of Northrop Grumman Australia, welcomed the alliance with Rheinmetall.

“Northrop Grumman will leverage its extensive experience to offer a fifth-generation C4ISR solution that will significantly reduce crew workload, improve situational awareness and enable interoperability across the Australian Defence Force and with coalition forces. Our solution will provide an enduring platform ready for enhancements with future sensors and communications systems. Together, Northrop Grumman and Rheinmetall will also extend an impressive and lasting package of work for Australian industry,” Mr Irving said.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director of Supacat in Australia said “We are delighted to be working with Rheinmetall Defence and offering a local perspective on testing, qualifying and modifying vehicles for the Australian users.

For our own products, we partner with a number of Australian SMEs who deliver outstanding capabilities in their own right and we look forward to bringing these capabilities into the LAND 400 program.”

About the participating companies:

Rheinmetall and its Defence divisions – Combat Systems, Electronic Solutions and Wheeled Vehicles – set the global standard for excellence in a wide array of disciplines and offer an extensive array of military hardware that deliver mobility, lethality, survivability of troops, reconnaissance capability and networking of national and international systems. Please visit www.rheinmetall-defence.com and https://boxercrv.com.au for more information.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernisation to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com/Australia for more information.

Supacat is an innovative producer of high mobility military vehicles, specialist vehicles and maritime products. Supacat have an established presence in Australia based in Melbourne, Victoria. Please visit www.supacat.com for more information

Supacat signs £23m contract for Norwegian High Mobility Vehicles

The UK high mobility vehicle specialist, Supacat, has signed a £23 million contract with The Norwegian Defence Logistic Organisation (NDLO) to supply a new fleet of High Mobility Vehicles.  Supacat is supplying the HMT Extenda vehicle, the most capable vehicle in its class with the highest levels of mobility, protection, payload and firepower.

Under the contract, the NDLO has an option for a follow-on order that would double the fleet.  The award includes the provision of a comprehensive through life support package.  The first `pre-series` vehicle will be delivered in late 2016 followed by full fleet delivery from 2017 to 2019.  Supacat will build the rolling chassis at its Devon based facility and it is planned that final fit and integration is completed in Norway.

“Securing Norway’s high mobility vehicle contract is a prestigious win for Supacat. It reinforces our world lead in this niche corner of the defence industry and underlines HMT Extenda’s position as the vehicle of choice for the modern fighting forces,” said Nick Ames, Managing Director, Supacat Group Ltd.

The NDLO will acquire the latest version of the HMT Extenda with modifications to meet Norwegian requirements.

The HMT Extenda is unique as it is convertible to a 4×4 or a 6×6 configuration by inserting or removing a self-contained third axle unit to meet different operational requirements. Like other HMT series platforms, such as `Jackal`, the HMT Extenda can be supplied with optional mine blast and ballistic protection kits and with a variety of mission hampers, weapons, communications, ISTAR and force protection equipment to suit a wide range of operational roles.

Supacat launches BARV Concept at Landforces 2014

Brisbane, Australia, 23rd September, 2014, Supacat today launched a Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (BARV) concept based on its highly successful Launch and Recovery System (L&RS) in service with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in the UK.

The L&RS incorporates a number of unique and innovative designs including permanent software controlled track drive systems and an innovative and highly manoeuvrable steering system. It has a normal operating depth of 3 metres, however the complete system can be shut down and left submerged at a depth of 9 metres.

The high mounted cab provides excellent visibility and has capacity for three occupants. It features 180 degree swivel command seat and controls to maximise the utility of the platform.

The militarised BARV system incorporates a number of new features including forward and rear bumper arrangements, recovery and hauling winches and towing points. The way the platform is configured allows for a variety of attachments to be used on the front of the platform, such as blades and track layers. The integration of a crane onto the platform would allow the BARV to be self-reliant in changing attachments.

The modular design of the BARV also allow for applique armour to protect the occupants and critical systems.

Michael Halloran, Managing Director, Australia, said “The benefit of the Supacat BARV is that it is based on a modern, in-service platform. That means a proven performer with reduced through life costs and an existing support infrastructure for the vehicle.”

Nick Jones, Founder and Director, was one of the key figures in the original design of the L&RS. Nick said, “The size of the Supacat BARV also provides operational flexibility. Our design allows the BARVs to operate alone for the simple jobs, to be daisy chained for the big jobs or to work in tandem for the complex jobs.”

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